Brackenfell Cricket Club and Western Province Cricket Club have been ruled out of contention for a berth in the regional play-off ahead of the T20 Community Cup.
Both clubs have qualified for a Western Province Cricket Association Ama20 Competition premier league semi-final, but failed to field a black African cricketer in at least three of the preceding five group fixtures.
T20 Community Cup qualification criteria
“The highest-placed club in the Ama20 Competition premier league, excluding tertiary institution clubs, which has played a minimum of two players of colour, of which one is black African, in at least three matches will represent the WPCA in the regional play-off to determine the club representing the Cape Cobras franchise at Cricket South Africa’s T20 Community Cup,” reads an extract from the WPCA’s by-laws.
Durbanville Cricket Club and Cape Town Cricket Club met the criteria – and will contest Sunday’s other semi-final. The winner will immediately qualify for the T20 Community Cup regional play-off, without having to beat Western Province Cricket Club or Brackenfell Cricket Club in the WPCA Ama20 Competition final.
Western Province Cricket Club or Brackenfell Cricket Club will still be crowned 2019-20 Ama20 Competition champions if triumphant over the other finalist – Durbanville Cricket Club or Cape Town Cricket Club – but won’t be allowed to participate in the T20 Community Cup regional play-off.
Victorious or not, the other finalist will advance to the T20 Community Cup regional play-off against the winner of the South Western Districts Board and Boland Cricket Board premier league T20 competitions.
The winner of the regional play-off will qualify for the T20 Community Cup in Pretoria later this year.